Woman Speaker Knocked Unconscious at Speakers Corner

Steve Speakers Corner
4 min readOct 25, 2020

At around 3:00pm on Sunday 25 October 2020, regular Christian speaker Hatun Tash, was punched in the face and knocked unconscious at Speakers Corner, London.

Hatun Tash

Hatun, a leading member of the Christian ministry ‘Defend Christ Critique Islam’ (DCCI), has been attending Speakers Corner for a number of years, preaching her Christian faith and boldly critiquing Islam. Throughout her time at the Corner, Hatun has suffered a litany of threats, aggression and sexual assaults. She has always responded calmly in the face of these attacks and continued in her strength of faith and message. In recent weeks her critique of Islam has included presenting pictures of some of the front covers of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Charlie Hebdo front cover

Hatun has also been at the forefront of highlighting the recent exposure by the leading Muslim scholar Yasir Qadhi, that holes exist in the traditional Muslim narrative of the Quran. Hatun has visually presented this at the Corner by way of a Quran with drilled holes in.

Hatun has utilised her rights of free speech fully over this time, also exerting the legal position as detailed in the infamous Redmond-Bate v DPP case, that legally clarified that no one has the right not to be offended, particularly in the very home of free speech, Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London.

At around 3:00pm on Sunday 25 October, one male visiting the Corner did not seem aware of either the principle of free speech that exists within the UK or that he has no entitlement not to be offended. Without warning he punched Hatun full in the face, breaking her glasses and knocking her out. Witnesses described how she fell to the ground unconscious, was put in the recovery position and checked for her pulse and breathing. She shortly regained consciousness and was cared for by those present, her face grazed by the punch and her broken glasses.

Alleged assailant (circled) as he tried to flee the park

The alleged assailant, who witnesses claimed to be of Algerian nationality…

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